1 The Official Publication for the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo Easter Edition APRIL 2015 The Volume 18 Issue 3 Good News Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, After 40 days of silence, we proclaim again our Alleluias. After 40 days of fasting and penance, we rejoice anew because Jesus is Risen! Easter represents the central mystery of our faith. Easter assures us that in spite of the worst that humanity could do to Jesus, resulting in His suffering and death, His Resurrection means that He is alive forever. Because of our baptism into Christ and through our membership in the Body of Christ, Easter reminds us that we share Jesus new life. May the Glory of Easter bless you and may Easter help us to give courageous witness to our faith, and to live our faith with joy. Diocese sends input for October Ordinary Synod on the family At the request of Pope Francis, members of the Diocesan Pastoral Center staff of the Diocese of Kalamazoo conducted a diocesan-wide consultation for the XIV Ordinary Synod of Bishops. The synod will be held this coming October 4-25 at the Vatican on the theme of The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World. Pictured Left: Jamin and Nicki Herold and family. Story continued Page 4 Four diocesan seminarians to receive the Order of Deacon on May 9 at St. Augustine Cathedral Bishop Paul J. Bradley has called the following four seminarians to the Order of Deacon: José de Jesús Haro Gómez, St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo; Bruno Ebubechukwu Okoli, St. Thomas More Parish, Kalamazoo; Andrew Paul Raczkowski, St. Monica Parish, Kalamazoo; and Paul George Redmond, St. Monica Parish, Kalamazoo. All four men attend Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit. Story continued Page 4 Jesus is Alive! Life is renewed! Hope is assured! Amen Alleluia! INSIDE NEWS Bishop s Perspective 3 Prison Ministry 9 Holy Family Healthcare 6 Página en Español 10 Interfaith Peace Service 7 Around the Diocese 12 José Haro Bruno Okoli Andrew Raczkowski Paul Redmond
2 2 The Good News Waiting in Joyful Hope APRIL 2015 Years back I was a young mother with a toddler and preschooler in-tow, a demanding full-time job and a vague recollection of what free time was. The last thing I thought I could afford to do that Lenten season was devote an entire weekend participating in a women s retreat. But thanks to a supportive husband, and that little voice in my head that kept nudging me along, I signed up. I had wrestled with the idea of going on the retreat for more than a year. Each time an enthusiastic past participant would give their commercial after Mass, I would feel a tug. But I always had some fear holding me back, preventing me from taking the plunge. And truth be told it wasn t the fear of leaving my children they would be in the loving care of their father. And it wasn t even the trepidation of not knowing anyone else going. That was actually somewhat comforting. It was what I had heard about the closing ceremony of the weekend. During the final prayer service the retreat participants had their feet washed by the retreat team. What?!?! We all have that thing, don t you agree, that one little irrational quirk. For one of my best friend s it s someone touching the inside of her arm. She s been known to shriek at the mere threat because the benign action reminds her of the many blood draws she gave as a sickly child. For me my quirk was having anyone touch my feet. Ugh. It likely stems back to a minor childhood accident which left my toe dangling from my foot and required stitches. The toe healed, the anti-foot-touching quirk did not. I expected my nervousness to progress along with the weekend. But a funny thing happened. As I became more comforted by the inspirational testimonies of faith and engaged with my fellow retreat participants my fear of the impending foot washing dissipated. By the time one of the retreat leaders was gently rinsing my feet with a Christ-like caress I was at peace and awash in the beauty of the moment. I had let my fear go. And isn t that what the apostles did? Their greatest fear had been realized the death of their friend, their teacher. They even ran and hid. But once they encountered the Risen Lord their fear gave way to witness. I hope this Easter season you ve put your Lenten journey behind you, along with some extra fears, and are inspired to go forth, and be as Pope Francis has said, a luminous person to carry the light of Christ with the witness of a genuine love. Happy Easter! From the Editor By Victoria Cessna Communication Director & Editor of The Good News Pope Francis APRIL Intentions Universal: That people may learn to respect creation and care for it as a gift of God. Evangelization: That persecuted Christians may feel the consoling presence of the Risen Lord and the solidarity of all the Church. 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DEADLINES: Advertising reservations by the 1st of the month preceding the month of publication. Mailing address: THE GOOD NEWS, Diocese of Kalamazoo, 215 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI Fax , Telephone: Catholic Press NOTICE: The May edition will be distributed in all parishes May 2 & 3.. Association Mission Statement of The Good News: The Good News is the official newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo. The Bishop of Kalamazoo is the publisher and president. The Good News is an extension in the print medium of the teaching authority of the Bishop. Therefore, it must always and at all times present Catholic teaching in an orthodox, authentic and balanced manner. Its mission and goals proceed from this fundamental reality. The mission of The Good News, therefore, is to enable its readers to grow in their Catholic faith, to develop as mature, well informed Catholics and to deepen their commitment to, and relationship with, the Lord, their Catholic faith and their Church. APPOINTMENTS: Michael Emmons, Executive Director of Administration/Chancellor announced the following new appointment on behalf of Bishop Bradley: Samantha Lindberg, J.D., has been appointed Director of the diocesan Immigration Assistance Program. Lindberg fills the position left vacant by Maura Hagen who resigned to take a position as an Asylum officer with the Federal government. In this role Samantha will direct the office which provides the indigent immigrant population of the nine counties of the diocese with low-cost, competent legal representation in their immigration matters. Samantha brings a wealth of professional legal experience working in the area of immigration assistance and has been a volunteer with the diocesan office since January, Her additional professional experience includes working as a legal consultant for Avanti Law Group, Grand Rapids. She has interned for the Barry County Prosecutor s Office and the Ingham County 30th Judicial Circuit Court. She earned her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law and her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University. Maureen Wenzel has been appointed the part-time Executive Assistant to the Chancellor and Receptionist for the Diocesan Pastoral Center. Maureen is a graduate of Western Michigan University. She has previous professional experience in the banking industry and extensive volunteering experience with Hackett Catholic Prep, St. Monica s and Caring Network. Bishops call to unite our prayers to those suffering from religious persecution Bishop Paul J. Bradley, as a member of The Administrative Committee, chaired by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB, shares the following statement urging all people to unite with those suffering from religious persecution: Following is the full text of the statement. STATEMENT ON RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEE UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS March 10, 2015 Upon learning of the death of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of ISIL terrorists, Pope Francis called their murder a testimony which cries out to be heard. On behalf of America s Catholic Bishops, we pause to listen and invite people of all faiths to join us in prayer for those facing the stark reality of religious persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere. The The Bishop s Annual Appeal, which provides the major fundraising support for the ministries, services and programs of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, begins this month with announcement weekend April 11 and 12th. Registered parishioners will receive a mailed direct-mail brochure and pledge card the week of April 20th. Each generous gift to the Bishop s Annual Appeal helps support important ministries such as seminarian education, faith-formation programs for youth and adults and the pastoral ministry of Bishop Paul J. Bradley. More than 97 percent of all monies raised stays in the diocese. We are blessed with the gifts entrusted to us so we may continue to build up God s Kingdom in the Diocese of Kalamazoo, said Bishop Bradley. Your financial support of the Bishop s Annual Appeal enables many of the ministries, programs and services of the diocese. We receive your gift in love and strive to give it back through sharing the Good News throughout Southwest Michigan. DID YOU KNOW? The Diocese of Kalamazoo consists of approximately 112,000 Catholics in nine counties, and is made up of 59 parishes, 23 Catholic schools. Currently the diocese supports 12 seminarians. The average annual cost of a seminarian education is more than $30,000. The Diocese provides centralized services and support to the parish staffs. All funds raised in excess of the total goal stay in the parishes. testimony of those 21 brave and courageous martyrs does not stand alone as thousands of families Christian and other religions find themselves fleeing from horrific violence. We urge all people of goodwill to work toward protections of the marginalized and persecuted. In union with the local Churches and the Holy See, we call upon our nation to: work with the international community to intervene and protect the rights of religious minorities and civilians within the framework of international and humanitarian law; address political and economic exclusion that are exploited by extremists; and increase humanitarian and development assistance. Lent is a season to meditate upon the Cross and unite ourselves even more closely with Christ s suffering. Let us use this season to unite with our suffering brothers and sisters and pray for them and with them in a special way. With hope, let us pray for the day when we can all share in the joy and lasting peace of Christ s resurrection. The Bishop s Annual Appeal kicks off this month Available again this year is an online giving option. More information on the appeal may be found at Parish Goals see page 11
3 APRIL 2015 Waiting in Joyful Hope The Good News 3 The Bishop s Perspective La Perspectiva del Obispo Easter: a new season a brand new life Pascua: una nueva estación una nueva vida Spring has finally arrived. After a long, frigid, and brutal winter, we can breathe a sigh of relief. The morning quiet is broken by the sweet sound of chirping birds at first light, and the ground now cleared of the deep mounds of snow have cleared the way for the crocuses and tulips just beginning to peak through the frozen ground. All these are certain signs that nature is coming back to life. Easter Sunday is another sure sign that a new season has begun. Out of the death, darkness and disappointment of the tomb where Jesus lifeless and broken body was laid on Good Friday, the New Life of the risen and victorious Jesus has burst forth! Today, we join with Christians around the world as we celebrate the greatest sign of new life in human history a new life we are given through the resurrection of our Jesus, our Risen Lord. The 40-day penitential season of Lent has been a time of preparation. Lent does for us spiritually what spring training does physically for Major League professional baseball teams. It is an extended period of time spent getting ourselves in better shape spiritually (physically) through prayer, fasting, self-denial and works of charity. And having completed this spiritual spring training, we are now ready for the new season to begin. It s appropriate that the Opening Day baseball game this year is on Easter Sunday night, between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs; all the other 28 teams begin their new season on Easter Monday. But for us who are rejoicing in a new way and celebrating the central mystery of our faith that Jesus has destroyed the power of sin and death through His suffering, death and resurrection, we are ready to begin this new season proclaiming our faith with joy. While many focus their Easter celebrations on Easter egg hunts, chocolate Easter bunnies, or even our newest Easter outfits and bonnets, we need to put our greatest efforts in celebrating Easter spiritually and liturgically because Easter leads us to a brand new life. This Easter, I hope that all of us will find that we have made significant progress in living a new, spiritual life. I hope we find that we are in a better place in terms of our relationship with God; that we are more resolved to live our lives according to God s ways. Easter is a day not only to rejoice in the new life of Jesus, but also the new life that we share in His New Life. Easter is a day to remember that there is far more to life than what we experience day-in and day-out in the circumstances of our life in what we sometimes call the real world. Easter is a day to remember that we are people with a destiny we re not just people who are human, living in a human world; we are people preparing in this world to live for eternity in the life of the world to come. As Lent was the season to remind us of our mortality, our sinfulness, and that the time we have to live in this world is finite, Easter is that day to remind ourselves that, thanks to Jesus New Life, we are preparing to live life eternally when we pass through our own death and burial in heavenly glory. In a homily Pope Francis preached during the final days of Lent, he reminded the world of the beauty of God s love for us and its transforming power. He said, To have faith is to make space for God s love, to make space for his power, for God s power. Not for the power of a powerful person, but for the power of one who loves me, who is in love with me and who wants to rejoice with me. This is faith. This is believing: making space for the Lord so that he can come and change me. In our Diocese, we rejoice in the fact that more than 150 people entered into the life of the Church either through the waters of baptism or through the Professions of Faith made at the Easter Vigil. This dramatic moment truly gave them new life as they became Catholics in full communion with the Church. We welcome these new sisters and brothers in faith with open arms. Transformed and strengthened by the Sacraments of Initiation, these newly-welcomed Catholics also known as neophytes enter into a new phase of their formation called, Mystagogy. These terms are rich in their origins and meanings. Neophyte is from the Greek word meaning new plant, since the faith has been newly planted in them. The word mystagogy, is derived from the Greek word meaning to lead through the mysteries. While our parishes welcome these new members and continue supporting them in their continued formation, all of us, whether we have been Catholic for a few days or all our lives can benefit from seeing ourselves in the same way as new plants. Another way to approach the phase of mystagogy is to recognize it as a lifelong journey of growing closer to God and a deepened understanding and practice of the faith. That is the journey we have all been on during these past 40 days of Lent; in reality, this is a journey that continues throughout our lifetime. We continue to live, learn about, grow in, and find ways to share our faith. All of us are challenged to find the ways to live our lives with such conviction and with such Easter joy that we will inspire many others, who may not yet have the gift of faith, to consider entering into the Church. What a great privilege it is for us to recognize who we are: a family of faith the Body of Christ billions of followers of Jesus around the world rejoicing in the New Life of our Risen Lord. Our faith unites us and should inspire us to not only feel privileged in our identity, but because of who we are, that we will be motivated to reach out in Christ-like love and service to those of our sisters and brothers who are being persecuted, who are being oppressed, who are living in poverty and with injustice. Continued on page 4 La primavera por fin ha llegado. Después de un largo, gélido, y brutal invierno, podemos respirar un suspiro de alivio. El silencio matutino se rompe con el dulce sonido del canto de los pájaros al amanecer, y el suelo ahora libre de los montículos profundos de nieve han despejado el camino para los azafranes y tulipanes que están empezando a salir a través de la tierra helada. Todos estos son signos ciertos de que la naturaleza está volviendo a la vida. El Domingo de Pascua es otra señal de que una nueva estación ha comenzado. Fuera de la muerte, la oscuridad y la decepción de la tumba donde el cuerpo sin vida y roto de Jesús fue colocado el Viernes Santo, la nueva vida del resucitado y victorioso Jesús ha estallado! Hoy, nos unimos a los cristianos de todo el mundo al celebrar el mayor signo de la vida nueva en la historia humana- una nueva vida que se nos da a través de la resurrección de nuestro Jesús, nuestro Señor resucitado. La temporada penitencial de 40 días de la Cuaresma ha sido un tiempo de preparación. La Cuaresma hace por nosotros espiritualmente lo que los entrenamientos de primavera hacen físicamente para los equipos profesionales de béisbol de las Grandes Ligas. Es un período prolongado de tiempo dedicado a mejorarnos espiritualmente (físicamente) a través de la oración, ayuno, abnegación y obras de caridad. Y después de haber completado este entrenamiento espiritual de primavera, estamos listos para que comience la nueva temporada. Es oportuno que el Día Inaugural del juego de béisbol de este año es el domingo de Pascua por la noche, entre los Cardenales de San Luis y los Chicago Cubs; todos los otros 28 equipos comienzan su nueva temporada el lunes de Pascua. Pero para nosotros, los que nos alegramos de un modo nuevo y estamos celebrando el misterio central de nuestra fe, que Jesús ha destruido el poder del pecado y de la muerte por medio de Su sufrimiento, muerte y resurrección, estamos listos para empezar esta nueva temporada proclamando nuestra fe con alegría. Mientras que muchos centran sus celebraciones de Pascua en la búsqueda huevos de Pascua, conejitos de pascua de chocolate, o incluso nuestros nuevos trajes y sombreros de Pascua, tenemos que poner nuestro mayor esfuerzo en la celebración de la Pascua espiritualmente y litúrgicamente porque la Pascua nos lleva a una nueva vida. Esta Pascua, espero que todos encontraremos que hemos hecho un progreso significativo en vivir una vida nueva y espiritual. Espero que encontramos que estamos en un lugar mejor en términos de nuestra relación con Dios; que estamos más decididos a vivir nuestras vidas de acuerdo a los caminos de Dios. La Pascua es un día no sólo para regocijarse en la nueva vida de Jesús, sino también en la nueva vida que compartimos en Su Nueva Vida. La Pascua es un día para recordar que hay mucho más en la vida que lo que experimentamos día tras día en las circunstancias de nuestra vida en lo que a veces llamamos el mundo real. La Pascua es un día para recordar que somos personas con un destino No somos sólo personas que somos humanos, viviendo en un mundo humano; somos personas preparándonos en este mundo para vivir por la eternidad en la vida del mundo futuro. Así como la Cuaresma fue la temporada para recordarnos de nuestra mortalidad, nuestro pecado, y que el tiempo que tenemos para vivir en este mundo es finito, la Pascua es ese día para recordarnos que, gracias a la Nueva Vida de Jesús, nos estamos preparando para vivir la vida eternamente cuando pasemos por nuestra propia muerte y sepultura en la gloria celestial. En una homilía que el Papa Francisco predicó durante los últimos días de la Cuaresma, le recordó al mundo la belleza del amor de Dios por nosotros y su poder transformador. Él dijo, Tener fe es hacer espacio para el amor de Dios, hacer espacio para su poder, el poder de Dios. No por el poder de una persona poderosa, sino por el poder de aquel que me ama, que está enamorado de mí y que quiere alegrarse conmigo. Esta es la fe. Esto es creer: hacer espacio para el Señor para que él pueda venir a cambiarme. En nuestra Diócesis, nos regocijamos en el hecho de que más de 150 personas entraron en la vida de la Iglesia, ya sea a través de las aguas del bautismo o por medio de las profesiones de fe hechas en la Vigilia de Pascua. Este dramático momento verdaderamente les dio vida nueva, al convertirse en católicos en plena comunión con la Iglesia. Damos la bienvenida a estas nuevas hermanas y hermanos en la fe con los brazos abiertos. Transformados y fortalecidos por los sacramentos de iniciación, estos nuevos católicos bienvenidos también conocidos como neófitos entraron en una nueva fase de su formación llamada, Mistagogia. Estos términos son ricos en sus orígenes y significados. Neófito es de la palabra griega que significa nueva planta, ya que la fe ha sido recién plantada en ellos. La palabra mistagogia, deriva de la palabra griega que significa conducir a través de los misterios. Mientras que nuestras parroquias dan la bienvenida a estos nuevos miembros y continúan apoyándolos en su formación continua, todos nosotros, hayamos sido católicos por unos días o toda la vida, podemos beneficiarnos viéndonos de la misma manera como nuevas plantas. Otra forma de acercarse a la fase de mistagogia es reconocerla como un viaje de por vida de crecer más cerca de Dios y una profunda comprensión y práctica de la fe. Ese es el viaje en el que todos hemos estado durante estos últimos 40 días de la Cuaresma; en realidad, este es un viaje que continúa a lo largo de nuestra vida. Seguimos
4 4 The Good News Waiting in Joyful Hope Notre Dame wins big on HHS By Sarah DeMott In February 2014, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the University of Notre Dame, denying they met the requirements to be considered a religious employer and requiring them to abide by the Affordable Care Act s contraception mandate. The ACA mandate required that Notre Dame submit a form affirming it is a religious institution opposed to providing contraceptive services. This would then leave the university s insurers responsible to cover the employee s contraceptives. However, Notre Dame argued, this essentially left the university still providing contraceptives. The appellate court disagreed and denied the case. Three months later, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, and one week after that, it granted an injunction to Christian liberal arts school Wheaton College, which had the same argument as Notre Dame. Because of these two cases, Notre Dame then petitioned the Supreme Court to vacate the appellate court s decision and review the case. Notre Dame argued that not only did the ACA mandate infringe on its right to exercise religion but it was also not key to government interest, nor was it the least restrictive means, arguments that had worked in the Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College cases. On March 9th, the Supreme Court ruled in Notre Dame s favor, instructing the lower court to consider Notre Dame s arguments in light of Hobby Lobby. This is a big win not only in the struggle against a contraceptive-focused society, but also for religious liberties. The ACA requires organizations to provide contraceptives (20 different forms of birth control, including four abortifacients) to employees at no co-pay. As contraceptive use goes directly against Church teaching, requiring religiously-affiliated organizations to pay for them is a direct attack on their rights and in conflict with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. However, the fight isn t over yet. Now that Notre Dame s case is back in the appellate courts, they could still be required to have their insurers cover the contraceptives. So far, similar cases have found the compromise of having insurers cover them instead of the organization does not violate religious rights, even though the organization must first alert the insurers that they will need to pick up the tab. Notre Dame says this isn t a solution, since they are still involved in the process of providing contraceptives to their employees, even if they aren t technically paying for it. The university would have to pay $250 million per year in fines for not providing the contraceptives or $10 million per year if it were to drop employee health insurance completely. Seminarians receive the Order of Deacon Continued cover story The Mass of Ordination to the diaconate will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral. A light reception to welcome the newly ordained transitional deacons will follow the Mass in the St. Augustine Crowley Center. What is a Transitional Deacon? In the Catholic Church, the diaconate is the first of three ranks in ordained ministry. Deacons preparing for the priesthood are transitional deacons. Those not planning to be ordained priests are called permanent deacons. Married men may be ordained permanent deacons, and single men may be ordained with a commitment to celibacy. Source: USCCB DILLON HALL If you re 62 or better, now s the time to start enjoying the better things in life! Take a close look at Dillon Hall Apartments. You ll enjoy convenient maintenance-free living in your own apartment. Call today: (269) A sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph Gull Rd. #308, Kalamazoo, MI Smoke-Free Environment Now Taking Applications! Pay 30% of your income for rent Utilities Included Emergency response system Low cost lunch On-site laundry room Beauty salon Storage unit included Community garden Beautiful community room Metro bus stop located on site Weekly trips to grocery shopping The Bishop s Perspective Continued from page 3 Our Holy Father, Pope Francis called us to become more like Christ. That s quite a challenge, but that s really the challenge that each of us who are baptized are called to live up to. Pope Francis went on to say: This happens whenever we hear the Word of God and (whenever) we receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ. And in this Body, there is no room for indifference. Easter is the start of a whole new season of living our faith new opportunities, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to be set on fire with a great desire to give witness to our Easter faith. How appropriate that the 2015 Major League Baseball Season begins on Easter. We, who have completed our spiritual spring training are also now ready to begin this new season by living our lives in the New Life of the Risen Christ. May we choose to follow after the Risen Jesus Who will lead us, through the pursuit of true holiness, to true and lasting happiness in this world, and to the unending happiness of the Life of the world to come. Now: Batter up! Alleluia! Ordinary Synod on the family Continued cover story To assist in this effort the Lineamenta (a text written in preparation for a General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops) and a response form was sent to all the clergy (priests and deacons) and posted on the diocesan website. Deacon Kurt Lucas, Executive Director of the Secretariat for Parish Life and Lay Leadership, and Jamin Herold, Associate Director in the Secretariat for Catholic Education and New Evangelization, conducted eight listening sessions in February, 2015 one in each of the six deaneries within the diocese, one with the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph (our only Motherhouse of Religious Women), and one with diocesan staff. Members of the Diocesan Pastoral Council were specifically invited to submit responses. Following is a list of summary points from the document: Many respondents thought that the Church s teachings on marriage and family are beautiful and true, but not well disseminated. However, there were a minority of respondents who thought that these same teachings should be revised or even discarded because they are antiquated, irrelevant, and/or impossible to live out. The important place of the family as the place where God s love is first experienced and learned was recognized by most respondents. However, almost everyone indicated that families need more assistance and even training in how to live out this mission in the world today. Families need to strengthen their faith life. Parishes are the primary contact points for people with the Church. Clergy, seminarians, parish staff, and lay ecclesial leaders all need to be taught proper ways APRIL 2015 viviendo, aprendiendo sobre, creciendo en, y encontrando maneras de compartir nuestra fe. Todos estamos desafiados a encontrar las maneras de vivir nuestras vidas con tal convicción y con tanta alegría de la Pascua que inspiraremos a muchos otros, que quizá aún no tienen el don de la fe, para considerar entrar en la Iglesia. Qué gran privilegio es para nosotros reconocer lo que somos: una familia de fe el Cuerpo de Cristo -billones de seguidores de Jesús en todo el mundo regocijándose en la Nueva Vida de Nuestro Señor Resucitado. Nuestra fe nos une y nos debe inspirar no sólo a sentimos privilegiados en nuestra identidad, sino por lo que somos, que vamos a estar motivados para llegar a los demás con un amor como el de Cristo y servir a nuestras hermanas y hermanos que están siendo perseguidos, que están siendo oprimidos, que están viviendo en la pobreza y la injusticia. Nuestro Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco nos llama a ser más como Cristo. Eso es todo un reto, pero es realmente el reto que cada uno de nosotros los bautizados estamos llamados a cumplir. El Papa Francisco llegó a decir: Esto sucede cada vez que escuchamos la Palabra de Dios y (cuando) recibimos los sacramentos, especialmente la Eucaristía. Ahí nos convertimos en lo que recibimos: el Cuerpo de Cristo. Y en este cuerpo, no hay lugar para la indiferencia. La Pascua es el comienzo de una nueva temporada de vivir nuestra fe nuevas oportunidades, a través del poder del Espíritu Santo, de ser encendidos con el fuego del deseo de dar testimonio de nuestra fe Pascual. Qué apropiado que la temporada 2015 de las Grandes Ligas comienza en Pascua. Nosotros, que hemos completado nuestro entrenamiento de primavera espiritual también ahora estamos listos para comenzar esta nueva temporada viviendo nuestras vidas en la nueva vida de Cristo resucitado. Que podamos optar por seguir a Jesús resucitado, quien nos guiara, a través de la búsqueda de la verdadera santidad, a la felicidad verdadera y duradera en este mundo, y a la felicidad sin fin de la vida del mundo futuro. Ahora: A batear! Aleluya! What is the Synod of Bishops? The Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution of the Catholic Church. It was established by Pope Paul VI in 1965, shortly after the close of the Second Vatican Council, to continue the spirit of collegiality and communion that was present at the Council. The Synod is an assembly of bishops from around the world who assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church in a manner that preserves the Church s teaching and strengthens her internal discipline. (Source: Vatican website, and Code of Canon Law, canon 342) to speak the Truth in love, to develop listening and loving relationships with those struggling with the teachings on marriage and family, to not expect conversion to take place immediately, and to demonstrate the mercy of God in all they do. While many respondents were able to name positive diocesan and/or parish initiatives regarding marriage and family, almost all had suggestions both for new initiatives which are needed and to improve what is already being done. Those who attended the listening sessions indicated that the sessions themselves were helpful, allowing the faithful to engage in dialogue about important issues. They requested more of these as follow-up to the synod and even for other topics. Website Resources: Vatican.va and news.va for more information
5 APRIL 2015 Planning a wedding? We ve got you covered By Sarah DeMott Planning a wedding is stressful, but there are plenty of guides and resources to help ensure the celebration of this sacrament is a beautiful, God-centered event. Marriage is a sacrament, and the bond between husband and wife is a symbol of the sacrificial love Christ has for his Church. Throughout the Bible, marriage is given special significance. Jesus first sign of entering his public ministry was during the wedding feast at Cana. There are liturgical considerations, such as which readings to choose for your wedding Mass. These decisions are best made with your spouse and your parish priest. There are also some helpful resources on the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website. Another key consideration in your wedding Mass is the music. Music is integral to any sacramental celebration. Music helps to enhance the prayers and scripture readings of the priest and congregation, says David Reilly, Director of Diocesan Worship and Liturgy. Music adds joy to the celebration and allows the congregation to join their voices in thanksgiving to God for the gift of your new life together. Music can help to make the wedding ceremony beautiful and memorable. To paraphrase the words of St. Augustine, the one who sings, prays twice. It is vitally important you begin your wedding preparation early. Most parishes require six nine months notice, but it is strongly suggested you begin planning a minimum of one year before the wedding By Sarah DeMott Twelve couples gathered in January for the first marriage prepatory weekend utilizing the Joy-Filled Marriage program. Based on St. John Paul II s Theology of the Body, the program is a virtue-based approach to preparing engaged couples to live a God-focused, joy-filled marriage. As a two-stage program, one half focused on life skills incorporating key virtues and the other focused on the Church s teachings on a sacramental marriage, it provides couples the tools needed to understand how to live a marriage in line with Church teaching in today s world. With two weekends now under its belt, the program is continuing to grow and adapt based on feedback from leaders and couples. Associate Director for Parish Life and Lay Leadership-Domestic Church at the Diocese of Kalamazoo, Socorro Truchan, is excited to see where the program can go. There are opportunities to have weekends hosted at the deanery level to cut down on travel time, or even potentially as a weekly course taught at individual parishes, which could also help build community within parishes. The conversations from this have helped us to redirect our lifestyles to be more God-centered, said one couple. We made commitments to each other to be better people and act more according to God s wishes. This program made us face certain issues we had been sidestepping in our previous conversations. Of all the topics discussed during the weekends, praying together as a couple and using Natural Family Planning were the two couples cited as the most useful. It takes a team to build strong marriages, says Truchan. We want this program to build a community between already married, newly married and engaged couples. Marriage isn t just the responsibility of the couple, it is everyone s. Waiting in Joyful Hope date. Preparation for a marriage is more than picking a venue, flowers, dress and music, it is preparing for total self-giving and dedication to helping get your spouse to Heaven. You should plan to meet with the music ministers at your parish six to nine months ahead of your date and bring some ideas of songs you may want for the grand entrance, exit, etc. However, flexibility is important and you should trust the expertise of your music minister. It is important to note that secular music is not allowed during the sacramental ceremony, so any special secular songs will need to be saved for the reception. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but there are people in your parish who have plenty of experience and are ready to help. The diocesan website includes both a participation guide template you are encouraged to download and customize, and a guide to planning the music for your wedding. Trust in your priest and music minister, and turn to God with any fears or uncertainties. Remember, you will be a minister for the sacrament of matrimony and through that, you enter the sacrament of Christ and the Church. May your wedding planning be a time of great joy and promise with our Lord. Diocesan Marriage Preparation retreat begins new program Photography by Grand Lubell Georganne and Ryan McHugh completed the Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program before they exchanged their vows. Shown above with Msgr. Tom Martin, St. Augustine Cathedral. While the couple limit was originally set at 12, they bumped it to 15 for the second session and still had to turn couples away. Engaged couples are encouraged to schedule their marriage preparation retreat 9-12 months prior to their wedding date, as it is designed to help guide the entire engagement period leading up to a spiritually-focused marriage. Currently, sessions are scheduled for the weekends of July 11th, September 19th and November 14th. The Good News 5 The Other Six Days By Jane Knuth A Landscape of Hope Since the publication of Thrift Store Saints, visiting St. Vincent de Paul groups in other parts of the country has become part of my life. Spending time with my fellow Vincentians is pure joy. It is a privilege to be invited to come help them by being the speaker for their annual meeting, or for their fund drive, or to help them recruit volunteers. They give tours of their food pantry operations, their thrift stores, or their medical clinics and job training centers whatever each group is doing to make God visible in the suffering of impoverished neighborhoods. This winter, my husband Dean and I spent a weekend in Faribault, Minn. The local conference of St Vincent de Paul started up six years ago in this small town and they burst out in a huge beam of love. They bought an old Catholic grade school building where they feed 150 families each month, teach English as a second language classes to Somali refugees and Latino immigrants, and distribute free furniture, household goods, and clothing. They pay utility bills, prevent evictions, and assist homeless teens. We were amazed at how much a small group of people could accomplish with God shining his light in them. The day I visited they were short-handed in their food pantry, so they let me roll up my sleeves and pack grocery sacks. The outside temperature was 7 degrees but clients lined up outside the door at 8 a.m. to be admitted at Noon. Two fellow volunteers were strong young men, able to lift the heavy crates of canned goods and frozen meat donated by local businesses. They worked cheerfully, hard, and long, and at the end of the day, my host shared their story. They are from a local landscaping firm and the owner values them as employees. He doesn t have a lot of work for them in the cold months but he wants to keep them on the payroll and out of the food lines, so he pays them to come down here to help us out. Together, the Vincentians and the business owners are changing the landscape of their town in more than one way. Join Catholic Advocacy Network to make your voice heard Each legislative session, Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) evaluates bills introduced into the Michigan House and Senate based on their impact on human dignity, social justice, and the common good. While staff advocate for or against these bills, MCC provides an opportunity for Michigan Catholics to stay updated on current policy issues and to contact their lawmakers about these issues called the Catholic Advocacy Network (CAN). To learn more, visit: Catholic Charities honors its volunteers at annual Celebrate Life luncheon Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo will honor its volunteers and the annual Celebrate Life Luncheon on May 7 from Noon 1:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo County Club. This year s theme is Honor our Volunteers. According to Fran Denny, Executive Director, the power of volunteers is transforming. She said, The love of our volunteers displayed through their service is truly unstoppable and life-changing. In the simple way they walk alongside our clients and our staff, assisting us where they are able, each volunteer is planting seeds of love which bloom in changed and enriched lives. 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6 Waiting in Joyful Hope 6 The Good News APRIL 2015 Holy Family Healthcare continues to grow, helps fill in the gaps with today s healthcare system By Sarah DeMott For more than 20 years, Dr. Don Bouchard worked with children in the current medical system. He was even the Chief of Pediatric Medicine at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. It was through an opportunity to earn his M.B.A. that Bouchard realized he had strayed from why he got into medicine. He felt a calling. How did you get so far away from home? he heard God asking him. Through his business studies, he realized the healthcare industry was becoming less and less about the person. Bouchard decided it was time to get back to focusing on patients as people instead of casefiles. He and a group of Catholic physicians began to meet regularly to discuss their field and issues affecting them, such as the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Holy Family Healthcare was born out of these discussions, and they applied for their 501(c)3 non-profit status in September of 2012 and began practicing out of their mobile clinic in June During its first summer, June to October 2014, the newly established practice saw close to 400 children. According to Bouchard, Holy By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope Francis went out onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica for the first time, he said he did not prepare what he was going to say, but "I felt deeply that a minister needs the blessing of God, but also of his people." He did not know if it was right to explicitly ask the thousands of people in St. Peter's Square to bless him, so instead he asked them to pray that God would bless him, he said. And he bowed for their prayers. Marking the second anniversary of his election March 13, Pope Francis spoke about the conclave that elected him in 2013, about his life the last two years and about the future in an interview with Valentina Alazraki of Mexico's Televisa. The pope even joked about the reputation Argentines have for being proud or haughty. "You know how an Argentine commits suicide?" he asked Alazraki. "He climbs to the top of his ego and jumps!" And, he said, while he doesn't Family Healthcare at its core is a joy-filled ministry where the doctors and staff form a covenant relationship with patients and their families. He explains that their approach to pediatric care focuses on not only just the physical wellbeing of a child, but also the emotional and spiritual, and the wellness of the entire family. Care is based on Catholic social teaching and respecting each person as an individual human with dignity. They base their practice standards on the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare in America, with the guidance of Bishop Bradley on issues of faith and morals. The staff begin each day in prayer and prayer cards are always available for patients to take with them. Born to a poor family in rural Maine, Bouchard sees himself in his patients. My family would have been the family to fall through the cracks, he says. Now, he is proud to be able to offer care to everyone, even if they don t have insurance. In 2014, HFH purchased a mobile clinic, allowing them to provide medical and dental care to children of migrant workers in Van Buren and Berrien Counties. Currently, HFH is set up in the Aleman hate being pope, he is not a fan of the travel involved and he really would like to go out of the Vatican unrecognized, perhaps to a pizzeria to eat a pizza. I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief, he said. Four or five years. I do not know, or maybe two, three. Well, two have already passed. It's just a vague feeling. Perhaps, the pope said, it is like the kind of trick a gambler plays on his mind by convincing himself when he places a bet that he will lose; when he does, he is not disappointed. I do not know what it is, but I have the feeling that the Lord put me here for a brief time... But it is just a feeling. So I keep the possibility open. Pope Benedict XVI s discernment that he no longer had the energy to carry out the office and his decision to resign to a life of prayer was courageous, Pope Francis said, and it opened the door for popes in the future to do so with greater ease. But, the pope said, he is opposed to setting an age limit, for example, 80, for a pope s ministry. While for some theologians the papacy is a sacrament, he said he Center at Immaculate Conception Parish in Hartford where it continues to provide pediatric medical and dental care, as well as pediatric and adolescent counseling. They also have a Mission Closet where families can get clothes, household needs and toys, all of which have been donated. When parents bring their children in, they can check out the closet and if there is something in there they need or clothes that fit, they can take it. We really want them to leave with more of their needs met than just seeing a doctor, says Bouchard. People drop off bags of clothes or boxes of old toys and we sort through them. Coats were really big this winter. Kids would come in without coats so we were able to give them something they really needed but didn t have and couldn t afford. One of the largest developments in its growth is a blooming partnership with St. Joseph Parish in Kalamazoo. The former convent building on the parish grounds will be converted into two-floor clinic, with one floor for pediatrics and another for a family practice. With some minor modifications, old office spaces will be turned into patient exam rooms. The two biggest renovations will be a new sprinkler would not go that far, but it is something special. Asked about reports that he received about 40 votes during the 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict, Pope Francis refused to answer, although I could tell because now I have the authority to speak. As for the 2013 conclave, he said he had no inkling until the lunch break March 13 when something happened, cardinals started coming up to him and asking about his health. When we returned in the evening, the cake was cooked. Everything happened with just two ballots. It was a surprise Pictured above: Dr. Don Bouchard and his wife, Theresa, welcomed Bishop Bradley to their mobel site. system and an elevator. The community room and kitchen will be used for community events. Once renovations are complete, HFH hopes to operate two separate, fully staffed offices, one in Hartford in a new building and one in Kalamazoo at the convent. HFH has also developed Building Up with compassion a youth program started in the Hartford community which gives youth the opportunity to learn about and experience selfless giving and servant leadership while creating something that can be given to others. The program will consist of four service projects per year, open to any children ages 8 to 18. The first project will be on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12th, tying fleece blankets to give to those in need. HFH hopes to expand the program throughout the diocese. We want to help parents instill in their children servant leadership, a sense of selfless giving, says Bouchard. We believe helping parents build strong kids will lead to strong families. Holy Family Healthcare has several upcoming projects. This summer, they will host Binder Park s Zoomobile on three Sundays in Hartford as an educational program parents can enjoy with their kids. They re also working on a movie night at The Strand in Paw Paw, showing Food Chains, a documentary about the lives of migrant workers. All proceeds will go to the Hispanic Migrant ministry. They also partner with the diocesan Youth Rally, Jeter s Leaders and the Ministry for Adults with Disabilities. Anniversary interview: Pope talks about his election, papacy, future Pope Francis goes to confession during a Lenten penance service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 13. During the service the pope announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to be celebrated from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20, (CNS photo/stefano Spaziani, pool) for me as well. During the voting, he said, he was praying the rosary, which was his normal practice and brings him a great sense of peace. The same thing occurred then, which for me was a sign that it was God s will. Peace. And even today I have not lost that sense. The cardinals at the conclave interrupted his rosary when he had reached the two-thirds vote necessary to be elected. They asked me if I accepted. I said yes. I don t know if they made me take an oath, I don t remember. Questioned about the 2014 extraordinary synod and the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, particularly regarding the acceptance of homosexual persons and Communion for divorced and civilly remarried couples, Pope Francis said some people have unrealistic expectations, but he is convinced God wants the church to focus on better serving families. The family is in crisis, he said, and it is not the age-old crisis of infidelity, but the future of marriage itself. I think the Lord wants us to face this, Pope Francis said, including through improved marriage preparation; accompanying cohabitating couples; accompanying those who do marry and are raising a family; supporting those whose marriages have failed and are in a new union; preparing them for the sacrament of marriage, (because) not everyone is ready. As for the reform of the Roman Curia, which Pope Francis said really was the last (royal) court existing in Europe, he said, the appearance of a court can be maintained, but the Curia must be a group of people and structures at the service of the church, at the service of the bishops.
7 APRIL 2015 Waiting in Joyful Hope Bishop Bradley shares peace pilgrimage insights at annual Interfaith Peace Service in Kalamazoo Youth Rally Youth show their Catholic pride in annual diocesan rally By John Grap More than one hundred people gathered on Sunday afternoon, March 22, at Kalamazoo s First United Methodist Church, to pray for peace and to listen to Bishop Paul Bradley of the Kalamazoo Diocese report on his 2014 trip to the Holy Land. The interfaith service for peace was sponsored by the twelve-year old Kalamazoo Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice. Representatives from several faith traditions led prayers prior to the bishop s talk. Now we live in the age of wars, assassinations, and we need to pray for peace, more than ever in the history of mankind, said Kamal Lohani, reciting a Hindu prayer. From a traditional Jewish sabbath prayer, Amy Damashek prayed, Grant us peace, your most precious gift, o eternal source of peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all the peoples of the earth. Imam Hafiz Akbar read part of a traditional Muslim prayer, Allah, you are the source of all peace and all peace comes from you. All the peace returns back to you. We ask you to help us live in peace. Bishop Bradley reported on his participation along with seventeen other bishops during a weeklong pilgrimage for peace to the Holy Land in September It was a great time of prayer, dialogue, discussion, and for me, a time of great learning, the bishop said. In Jerusalem they met with religious leaders, did some sightseeing, saw the outside of the Dome of the Rock, and prayed at the Western Wall. A small group went to Gaza to visit the scene of the recently concluded conflict, meeting with various Palestinian leaders and officials. They participated in interfaith dialogue with clergy and lay people in Nazareth, went to Galilee, Ramallah, Hebron, and Bethlehem. They met with Shimon Peres, former Israeli prime minister, at his institute for peace. Bishop Bradley, saying that the bishops learned a lot, and prayed much, We saw scary things and we saw hope-filled sites, he said. Our eyes, minds, and hearts were opened in ways that they had never been before. An Armenian patriarch told the bishops, We ve been praying for peace for 1,000 years. The bishop told the gathering that he was not aware of the realities on the ground in Palestine. I think it s fair to say that most of the bishops came to realize how uninformed we were about the reality of the situation in Jerusalem and the Holy Land, he said. We believe that what we re doing here, this afternoon, praying and dialoging, remains really the only solution for peace in the Holy Land, the bishop said. Peace is possible, prayer is powerful, and that dialogue, understanding, and compromise is the key. God remains always our hope. By Nate Madden, Catholic News Service The Good News 7 New pro-life group s motto: So every child makes their mark WASHINGTON A newcomer to the pro-life movement, Online for Life, was among the winners at the 2015 Weyrich Awards Dinner, which took place recently at the Four Seasons in Washington. Named Outstanding New Organization of the Year, Online for Life describes itself as a compassionate, technology-driven nonprofit organization committed to rescuing children and families from abortion. The group seeks to do this by reframing the conversation by upending conventional assumptions and promoting the truth about the cultural, sociological and psychological impacts of abortion. Its three primary areas of focus are: reaching out to life-affirming pregnancy centers nationwide; building networks of community partners to assist couples in crisis pregnancies; and working to change modern culture to one of life one heart, one mind, one child at a time. Other pro-life advocates made a strong showing at the Feb. 25 dinner, held once a year by Coalitions for America to honor the achievements of various people and organizations in the American conservative movement. It is named in honor of the late Paul Weyrich, a lifelong religious and political activist. He was a deacon in the Melkite Catholic Church. Among the other award recipients was March for Life s vice president of government affairs, Tom McClusky, who was named Faith Community Leader of the Year. The two runners-up were Robert P. George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University, and Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life. March for Life also was declared the Grassroots Organization of the Year. Lila Rose, president of Live Action, was named Youth Leader of the Year. Rose, 26, is also the founder of Live Action, which, according to its website, is a youth-led movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending abortion. Her organization is probably best known for its undercover video investigations of abortion clinics. Its videos have shed light on illegal and unethical practices in the nation s abortion industry, exposing violations by abortion clinic staff. Her group s work has led to the closure of several abortion facilities. The Coalitions for America also honored Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, as National Legislator of the Year. Sessions has a 97 percent rating on the National Right to Life Scorecard and was an original co-sponsor of the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. Young Catholics from middle and high schools across the diocese came together on Saturday, March 21st for the annual diocesan Youth Rally held at Paw Paw High School. More than 250 youth, chaperones and volunteers enjoyed a day celebrating the theme I am Catholic through a series of activities, breakout sessions and a closing Mass with Bishop Paul J. Bradley. In his homily Bishop Bradley commended the participants for choosing to follow Jesus. My dear young Catholics, if it was difficult for Jesus, we d be foolish to think that it s not going to be difficult for us, he said. To choose to follow Jesus, to choose to live our lives by Gospel values, to choose to do what s right even if everyone else around us is doing something different, to choose to stand up to defend the gift of human life none of that is easy; all of that takes a lot of courage. But when we choose to follow Jesus, we will find the joy of the new life that God wants for each of us the new life that lives within us. Some of the highlights of the different sessions included the following: Dr. Robert Griffin, Professor Emeritus of Latin & Spanish (Western Michigan University), taught three sessions entitled Latin's not dead! Tina Griffin, taught three sessions entitled Art Detectives: Cracking the Code using examples of sacred art to show how the artist communicates a message or story by his use of colors, scenery, objects, people and animals in the painting. Jessica Simons, a dance teacher, taught a dance in the gym to the song/video Mass Fitness (http://lifeteen.com/mass-fitness/). This gave a large group of students in each session the chance to move around and spend some energy. Photos: left and above by Daniel Flanagan. For information on youth activities in the diocese contact Tim McNamara,
8 8 The Good News Waiting in Joyful Hope Batman comic artist inspired by Dorothy Day Batman comic artist Dennis O Neil may just be one of the people whom the Archdiocese of New York is looking for. O Neil, who wrote and edited the Dark Knight under different comic titles for more than 30 years, said in a Feb. 19 post on the Comic Mix website that he incorporated a little of Dorothy Day into a new character he and colleague Dick Giordano introduced in Detective Comics #457, published March The character, Dr. Leslie Thompkins, was developed to serve as a surrogate mother for Bruce Wayne, who donned the Batman mystique to fight crime. O Neil said Thompkins told a young Wayne that not everyone believed that violence solved problems. I had a real person in mind when I was writing Detective #457, someone I d once met named Dorothy Day, O Neil wrote, describing how she co-founded the Catholic Worker in New York s Bowery in the midst of the Great Depression. We incorporated Dorothy s pacifism into Leslie. There wasn t much; I can t recall any particular story in which it was a major element. But look for it and you could find it, O Neil continued. For those who don t know Batman lore, Wayne s mother and father were killed by thugs during a robbery as a young Bruce watched. The incident influenced Wayne eventually to become the Dark Knight to overcome crime. Thompkins was a friend and medical colleague of Thomas Wayne, Bruce s father. She dedicated her skills toward helping the neglected and impoverished of Gotham City. O Neil s post goes on to compare the original Thompkins with the Thompkins character played by Morena Baccarin in the television series Gotham. He said he does not expect the TV Thompkins to endorse Day s convictions. Still, he wondered, what would be wrong with giving the video Leslie a pacifist leaning or two? She could slip them into a subordinate clause where nobody would notice them anyway. And they would give the character Ms. Baccarin and her cohorts are so able creating a nuance uniquely her own. It seems Day s influence has spread far and wide. New kids guide to the Bible features fun, entertaining facts National Geographic Kids 1,000 Facts About The Bible is a brightly illustrated, easy-to-follow reference guide to encourage your children to explore the Bible. Each section combines historical stories and facts with stunning photos and artwork, all in a super kid-friendly format. Here are some excerpts from the book: In Jesus time there were no Bibles. Instead, Jesus would have memorized the scrolls of teachers and rabbis. It is said that the 12-year-old Jesus could recite the Torah and other writings in formal Hebrew. In biblical times, newborn babies were immediately bathed and rubbed with salt, probably to toughen their skin. The book also includes various fun facts about babies in the Bible, the Prophets, Biblical villains, laws and commandments and more. World Meeting of Families Diocesan Pilgrimage The Diocese of Kalamazoo, in conjunction with Canterbury Pilgrimages and Tours Inc., is sponsoring a seven-day pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Sept Pope Francis has confirmed his attendance at the event. For more information, contact Jamin Herold or call (800) The Catholic Difference A mission of love By George Weigel The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this September should be more than a vast Catholic gathering of the clans around Pope Francis and so should the months between now and then. If the Church in the United States takes this opportunity seriously, these months of preparation will be a time when Catholics ponder the full, rich meaning of marriage and the family: human goods whose glory is brought into clearest focus by the Gospel. Parents, teachers and pastors all share the responsibility for seizing this opportunity, which comes at a moment when marriage and the family are crumbling in our culture and society. Now, thanks to a fine mini-catechism prepared by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Pontifical Council for the Family, we ve been given a basic resource with which to do months of preparatory catechesis on marriage and the family and preachers have been offered reliable material for shaping homilies on these great themes between now and September. Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive (Our Sunday Visitor) begins by reminding us that the Catholic Church s teaching on marriage and the family is not composed of positions or policies, a widespread misunderstanding today. Rather, the Church s teaching about marriage and the family are expressions of the basic truths of Christian faith: God, who brought the world into being, loves us; the divine love is most powerfully displayed in God s son, Jesus Christ; friendship with Jesus brings us into the communion of the Church, which is a foretaste of the communion with God for which we are destined; our basic task as Christians is to offer others the gift we have been given friendship with the Lord, which we do both by witness and by proposal. Or as St. Augustine so memorably put it in the Confessions, we have been made for God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in the divine embrace. Nothing falls outside God s creative and redeeming purposes, which include our being created male and female, the complementarity and fruitfulness built Vineyard Academy relocates thanks to ecclesiastical partnership By Sarah DeMott For nearly 19 years, Vineyard Academy leased space generously offered behind the Jamieson family business. However, when the business began an extensive construction project, Vineyard s classroom space became part of a construction zone, which was unsafe and not conducive to a learning environment. After meeting with numerous community and business leaders in the greater Richland area, two area churches offered space for lease. This would allow Vineyard Academy classes to resume while money was raised to build a permanent campus north of Richland on Academy-owned property. The most generous offer came from Gull Lake United APRIL 2015 into our being created male and female, and the permanence of marriage, which is a sign of God s own covenant fidelity. God is a communion of loving Persons; thus married love, St. John Paul II taught, is an icon of the interior life of the Holy Trinity. God keeps his promises; thus the promise-keepers among us who live the covenant of marriage bear witness to that divine promise-keeping by their own fidelity. In light of all this, the Christian idea of chastity comes into clearer focus. In the Catholic view of things, chastity is not a dreary string of prohibitions but a matter of loving-with-integrity: loving rather than using; loving another for himself or herself. The sexual temptations to which the Church says No are the implications of a higher, nobler, more compelling Yes: yes to the integrity of love, yes to love understood as the gift of oneself to another, yes to the family as the fruit of love, and yes to the family as the school where we first learn to love. Yes is the basic Catholic stance toward sexuality, marriage and the family. We should witness to that Yes with a joyful heart, recognizing that the example of joyful Catholic families is the best gift we can offer a world marked today by the glorification of self-absorption. In a pontificate that has reminded us continuously of our responsibilities to the poor, for whom God has a special care, preparations for the World Meeting of Families are also an opportunity to remind our society that stable marriages and families are the most effective anti-poverty program in the world. As demographer Nicholas Eberstadt wrote recently, the flight from the family most assuredly comes at the expense of the vulnerable young especially low-income children, who are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of family breakdown. That s not Catholic carping; that s basic social science data. The Catholic idea of marriage and the family is a gift for the whole world. Catholics should gift that gift away, profligately, in the months ahead. George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. George Weigel s column is distributed by the Denver Catholic Register, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver. Phone: Vineyard Academy students shown above in new location. Methodist Church. Vineyard Academy is now set-up in classroom spaces located in the church s educational wing. The move only caused a three-day gap in classes while classroom equipment was moved and set up. Our students daily routines have not been interrupted, says Vineyard Academy principal Carrie Jewett. They are excited to have hallways, a cafeteria, a paved playground area and a softball field. We are very grateful for the generosity of the Gull lake United Methodist church in their opening their beautiful facility to us. Plans for the permanent campus will be announced at their 20th Anniversary Celebration on May 1st and on Holy Family Radio in the spring. Vineyard Academy is a private, independent school operated by lay Catholics, founded in This relocation is one of many examples of ecclesiastical partnership between Christian churches of different denominations throughout the greater-kalamazoo County area.
9 APRIL 2015 Kenneth Branagh s very Christian Cinderella By Fr. Robert Barron Kenneth Branagh s Cinderella is the most surprising Hollywood movie of the year so far. I say this because the director manages to tells the familiar fairy tale without irony, hyper-feminist sub-plots, Marxist insinuations, deconstructionist cynicism, or arch condescension. In so doing, he actually allows the spiritual, indeed specifically Christian, character of the tale to emerge. I realize that it probably strikes a contemporary audience as odd that Cinderella might be a Christian allegory, but keep in mind that most of the fairy stories and children s tales compiled by the Brothers Grimm and later adapted by Walt Disney found their roots in the decidedly Christian culture of late medieval and early modern Europe. In Branagh s telling, Ella is the daughter of wonderful parents, both of whom instill in her a keen sense of moral virtue and joie de vivre. The girl s idyllic childhood was interrupted by the sudden illness of her mother, who, while on her death-bed, delivered to Ella the injunction always to be kind and courageous. Her father then remarried and brought his new wife and her two daughters to live with him and Ella. Some years later, Ella s father left on a lengthy business trip. Before he set out, she enjoined him to send back to her the first branch that his shoulder would brush while on the journey. A few weeks later, a servant arrived with the branch in his hand and the dreadful news that Ella s father had become sick and had died. The now utterly isolated Ella became the victim of her wicked stepmother (played by the always compelling Cate Blanchett) and her obnoxious stepsisters, who visit upon her every type of cruelty and injustice. They even take away her bedroom, forcing her to sleep by the dying embers of the fire to keep warm. The ashes that stain her face give rise to the cruel nickname her stepsisters assign to her. Significantly, the cat belonging to Ella s stepfamily is called Lucifer. So we have a beautiful, vivacious, and morally upright young lady whose life becomes a nightmare through the intervention of untimely death and wicked oppression. So thorough was her loss of dignity that she finds herself covered in dust, her beauty obscured. It does not require a huge leap of imagination to see this as an allegory of the fall of the human race. God created us as beautiful, indeed in his own image and likeness, but through sin and the ministrations of the devil, we descended into dysfunction, and our beauty was covered over. In the technical language of the theologians, though we had kept the image of God, we had lost our likeness to him. Lily James and Richard Madden star in a scene from the movie Cinderella. The Catholic News Service classification is A-I general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children. (CNS photo/disney Enterprises) Waiting in Joyful Hope To return to Branagh s traditional telling of the tale: while out riding in the country, Cinderella encountered a magnificent stag that was being pursued by a hunting party. Subsequently, she met the leader of the hunting brigade, a handsome young prince, the son of the King. The two almost immediately fell in love. Because she returned home without identifying herself, the prince called for a ball and invited all of the young women of the realm to come, hoping to lure his mysterious beloved. Though her stepfamily tried desperately to prevent her from attending, Cinderella, through the ministrations of her fairy godmother, managed to get to the ball, where she, of course, entranced the prince. Once again, she was compelled to return early, and the lovesick prince sought her desperately until he found her and married her. We are tempted, no doubt, to see all of this as the stuff of ordinary romance, but we should look more deeply. First, the stag is a traditional sign of Christ and thus his presence as the object of the hunt is meant to signal his presence at the symbolic level of the narrative. Moreover, the prince, the son of the King, who falls in love with a woman despite her lowliness, is an obvious evocation of Jesus, the Son of God, who was sent to become the bridegroom of the human race, whose spiritual beauty had been covered over by sin. The prophet Isaiah predicted that the builder of the human race would come one day to marry his people, and the motif of the sacrum connubium, the sacred marriage, runs right through the New Testament. Indeed, the fathers of the Church took particular delight in ringing the changes on this theme, emphasizing that the Prince of Peace, the Son of God, in marrying the human race, lifted us up out of our lowliness and bestowed upon us all of his own benefits and dignity. This is precisely why the early theologians of the Church specified that the sacrum connubium involved an admirabile commercium (a wonderful exchange), God taking our sin from us and giving us his grace. In the symbolic language of our story, the unmerited love of the prince indeed transformed Cinderella into a princess. The surest sign that this transformation has occurred and it is one of my favorite elements in Branagh s telling is that Cinderella, upon escaping from the cruel oppression of her stepmother, turned to the wicked woman, not to curse her, but to offer a word of forgiveness. There could be no more compelling proof that she had thoroughly taken on the character of the bridegroom. When you see this film, I would invite you, even as you take in the fantasy and romance of it, to appreciate it too as a deeply Christian story. Pope Francis announces upcoming Jubilee of Mercy to begin December 2015 Last month Pope Francis announced the celebration of an extraordinary Holy Year dedicated to Mercy. The Jubilee of Mercy will begin on December 8th, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on November 20th, 2016, Solemnity of Christ the King. The Holy Father's announcement was greeted with an applause by those present in the Basilica. "I am convinced that the whole Church can find in this Jubilee the joy to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to each man and each woman of our time. We entrust it to the Mother of Mercy, so that She may turn towards us Her gaze and watch over our path." According to the Holy See Press Office, the Jubilee Year of Mercy takes place on the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council in "This is of great significance, for it impels the Church to continue the work begun at Vatican II," a news release from the Holy See stated. The official and solemn announcement of the Holy Year will take place on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12th. While an ordinary Jubilee year is celebrated every 25 years, an extraordinary Jubilee may be announced on the occasion of an event of significant importance. The last ordinary Jubilee took place in the year 2000 while the last extraordinary year was proclaimed in 1983 by John Paul II. The Good News 9 Prison Ministry The Hidden Church By Ed Dennis When we hear the description hidden church, thoughts of countries known for religious persecution can come to mind, but the reality is broader and involves the Prison Ministry Program in our diocese. Within our diocese are hidden churches, when we drive by correctional institutions (prisons) or juvenile detention centers, there are no steeples, no stained glass windows, no outward signs of a holy place, but within these structures Catholic services and instruction are being provided by priests and lay volunteers in our Diocese. Why? Because as Pope Francis stated, The Church is the totality of God s people with the ability to heal wounds. Well many may nod in agreement, prevalent attitudes often belie true acceptance. There are substantial parallels between our attitudes about incarceration and how we understand salvation. Many have a difficult time seeing the incarcerated and themselves in the totality of God s people (that s all of us). We often fail to understand we all fall short of God s glory without the gift of grace in Jesus death and resurrection. The failure to see ourselves as fellow sinners is reflected in our attitudes toward those incarcerated. As a result, the concept of prison as a place where offenders are rehabilitated and prepared for a productive place in society is often ignored. Prison Ministry doesn t ignore that hope. Is the Prison Ministry Program making a difference? The best indicators are the voices of those who attend the hidden church in the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater. The prison ministry has given me structure and guidance in the Lord that I was previously missing. My faith has grown with my knowledge of Christ and love for others. I appreciate the gift of presence that the outreach volunteers bring to our prison community, not only the Sacrament of the Eucharist, but also their gift of themselves. They connect me to the rest of the Body of Christ. It got me to come back to the Church. I converted to this path while in prison, and it has shown me the true meaning of the loving family of Christ. The faithfulness of the volunteers has inspired me to get more involved. They bring the faith of the body of Christ together with love. It helps me to strengthen my faith in God, my family and myself. It also helps me to focus on the good things in life and to avoid the negativity that runs rampant in prison. The prison ministry has helped me reconcile with God, and as a result of that reconciliation, I have been able to start working on my reconciliation with society. This fall I will graduate college, thanks in large part to Catholic sponsors, and I anticipate the publication of my third book, a rehabilitation workbook for prisoners. In 2015, the Catholic prison ministry has helped me in every facet of my development: spiritually, mentally and socially. I am finding a second chance at life through Christ Jesus. It encourages me in my walk to know that others are willing to take their faith in here, the love of Christ in action, to minister God s Word and the Sacraments to us. Being an inmate in prison entails a pervading sense of loss, loss of freedom, loss of family intimacy, loss of dignity and self-worth, etc. What better way is there to combat this person s loss than through the love of God that has personally been seen exhibited by volunteers in prison ministry? God bless them all. The prison ministry is great because it gives me an hour a week of positives in a system so full of negatives. I especially would like to thank all the volunteers that take their personal time out for us. I am grateful to the prison ministry as it gives me a way to atone for the things I did wrong. I look forward to services each week! I became a Catholic in prison in I was an unbeliever prior to coming to prison. I am sure that I would be lost and gone were it not for prison ministry. The next time you drive by a correctional facility, say a prayer, or better yet, join the program and as Bishop Bradley wrote in his third pastoral letter, focus on making our Church a center of hope for all. It may be a revelation how your attitude about sin, forgiveness an salvation experience a reformation, an attitude correction because of what is going on in a correctional institution and the faith and hope you will encounter. Ed Dennis, is a prison volunteer and member of St. Mary Parish, Marshall. For more information on our Diocesan Prison Ministry Program contact Lisa Irwin at (269) or
10 10 The Good News Waiting in Joyful Hope ABRIL 2015 Resurrección: Explosión de Vida y Alegría Por Fanny Tabares Después del duro invierno, del frio, de días oscuros con poco sol, y después de varias semanas de penitencia, reflexión y oración durante la Cuaresma y comienzos de Semana Santa llega la Pascua cuando celebramos la resurrección de Jesús. La vida triunfa sobre la muerte, la luz sobre la oscuridad, el amor triunfa sobre el egoísmo y el rencor, la paz triunfa sobre la guerra, y la luz vence a las tinieblas. La celebración de la pascua en primavera ayuda a entender mejor este misterio profundo de transformación y resurrección. Cuando los arboles parecían muertos en el invierno resucitan con flores y hojas, los pajaritos cantan en sus nidos y el sol más radiante pone fin a las noches largas de invierno. Toda la naturaleza estalla en luz y alegría como un concierto sin fin. La pascua nos llega en primavera como toda una explosión de vida que penetra todos nuestros sentidos. Y como dice el Pregón Pascual: Goce también toda la tierra, inundada de tanta claridad, y que, radiante con el fulgor del rey eterno, se sienta libre de la tiniebla que cubría el orbe entero. La Resurrección es el fundamento de nuestra esperanza: Cristo vence la muerte, y nuestro Dios, es un Dios de vida. Felices Pascuas, Jesús Ha Resucitado y Está Entre Nosotros! Ministerio con los Campesinos Migrantes La Diócesis de Kalamazoo tendrá la reunión para comenzar el ministerio con los campesinos el jueves 14 de mayo de 6:30-8:30p.m. en el Centro Pastoral Diocesano, 215 N. Westndege Ave, Kalamazoo, MI La reunión es para todos los voluntarios que ayudarán con el ministerio y para aquellos que quieran ser voluntarios. En ese día, proporcionaremos material de recursos y contestaremos a las preguntas que tenga sobre el Ministerio Migrante. También es una excelente oportunidad para conocer a otros voluntarios. Si desea ser voluntario o si tiene alguna pregunta, llame al Ministry to the Migrant Farmworkers The Diocese of Kalamazoo will host their beginning of the season meeting on Thursday, May 14, 2014 from 6:30 8:30p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 215 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI This meeting is for all the volunteers that will be helping with the ministry to the migrant farmworkers and for those who wish to become volunteers. On that day we will provide some resource material, answer any questions that you may have regarding Migrant Ministry and it is also an opportunity to meet other volunteers. If you wish to volunteer or have any questions, please call Conferencia para Hombres Hispanos en Detroit Abril 26 de 8:00a.m. - 5:30p.m. Iglesia St. Christopher, 7800 Woodmont Ave. Detroit, MI Para registrase o mas información llamar al (313) Calendario/Calendar Abril/April Abril Temporada del Ministerio Migrante Diocesano (Abril a Noviembre). Visitas a los campos migrantes. (Diocesan Ministry to the Migrant Farmworkers. Visits to the migrant camps). Recuperación de un Trauma (Trauma Recovery Program) comienza un nuevo grupo de español en abril 21. (A new group for the Trauma Recovery Program in Spanish begins). 3 (Viernes) Cerradas las oficinas del Centro Pastoral Diocesano. (The Diocesan Pastoral Center is Closed) 5 (Domingo) Domingo de Pascua (Easter Sunday) 6 (Lunes) Cerradas las oficinas del Centro Pastoral Diocesano. (The Diocesan Pastoral Center is Closed) 10 (Viernes) 9 a.m. 12 p.m. Reunión de Migrant Resource Council (agencias que ofrecen servicio a la Comunidad Migrante). (Migrant Resource Council Meeting, agencies that offer services to the Migrant Community) 11 (Sábado) 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Retiro Diocesano de Quinceañeras retiro bilingüe para la preparación de quinceañeras. También deben participar los padres de las quinceañeras en el retiro. Lugar: St. Joseph Parish, 936 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI. (Diocesan Quinceañera Retreat. Bilingual retreat for the preparation of quinceañeras. The young ladies must participate with their parents) 18 (Sábado) 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m. Instituto San Agustín Programa de Formación Pastoral y de Liderazgo, Primer Año de Formación. Tema: Iglesia Peregrina: Orígenes, periodo de la patrística y la iglesia de hoy por el Padre Marcos Ramos, O.P. (Instituto San Agustín Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Formation Program, First Year of Formation. Topic: Pilgrim Church: Origins, Patristic Period, and Today.) Programa de Consejería en Español: Programa de Recuperación de Traumas Ya hemos trabajado con dos grupos en español; los participantes han expresado que se han beneficiado bastante de este programa y estamos listos para comenzar con un nuevo grupo en Abril del presente año Si usted conoce a alguna persona que en su infancia o de adulto sufrió cualquier tipo de trauma (físico, sexual, negligencia, etc.) y quiere ayudarle, por favor remítalo a una de las siguientes personas: Lisette Mira-Amaya (269) o Fanny Tabares (269) Es indispensable hacer cita personal lo más pronto posible con la consejera Lissette. El Programa de Recuperación de Traumas está basado en el Modelo de Trauma, un modelo psico-educacional que ayuda a las personas a aprender cómo integrar sus sentimientos, pensamientos y comportamientos. Las investigaciones actuales indican que los recuerdos en la memoria, en el mejor de los casos, son de poco fiar. Por lo tanto, este modelo infunde vivir eficientemente en el presente en lugar de re-establecer recuerdos reprimidos. La curación no toma lugar en el nivel de los recuerdos. La curación ocurre en el nivel del procesamiento e integración de los sentimientos, pensamientos, percepciones, y comportamientos. El trauma es un suceso o una serie de sucesos combinados con la vulnerabilidad de una persona que crea un obstáculo en el normal desarrollo humano. La Diócesis de Kalamazoo ha comenzado el Programa de Trauma Recovery en inglés desde hace 12 años y ha tenido un gran éxito a nivel nacional e internacional y ahora lo está ofreciendo en español. Aproveche de esta oportunidad de consejería gratuita si usted o alguien que usted conoce lo necesitan. Diocese of Kalamazoo Necesidad de ropa y comida para los Migrantes El verano se está acercando y las familias migrantes ya empiezan a llegar. Muchos pueden encontrar donde vivir, pero a veces no encuentran un trabajo rápido. Muchas veces están sin trabajo las primeras semanas. Estamos pidiendo a todas las personas de las parroquias que deseen ayudar a aligerar la carga económica de estas familias recién llegadas. La siguiente, es una lista de cosas de primera necesidad que las familias necesitan y que es fácil para guardar y distribuir. Se comenzara a coleccionar donaciones de ropa y comida en la última semana de abril hasta los mediados de agosto. Las donaciones se pueden llevar a la oficina de la Parroquia de San Tomas Moro al 1333 West Novell St. (esquina con Monroe y Novell) entre los horarios de 9 a.m. 12:00 y de 1 p.m.-5 p.m. de lunes a viernes. Si tiene preguntas, llame a la oficina de la Parroquia de San Tomas Moro al Por favor no dejen las donaciones afuera en la puerta de la Parroquia Santo Tomas Moro ni en la puerta del Centro Alemán. Llamen antes a la Parroquia Santo Tomas Moro para avisar que llevan donaciones. Muchas gracias por sus donaciones! Porque tuve hambre y ustedes me dieron de comer; tuve sed y ustedes me dieron de beber. Fui forastero y ustedes me recibieron en su casa Mateo 25:35 Fortaleciendo las Familias en la Fe (Reflexión #13) Infórmese Información importante para los inmigrantes al hacer su declaración de impuestos federales! Usted NO ESTA OBLIGADO a pagar una multa de impuestos por no tener cobertura médica si su estatus migratorio lo descalifica de comprar seguro médico en el Mercado de Seguros Médicos. Si tiene Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA por sus siglas en inglés) o no tiene estatus migratorio, usted no puede obtener cobertura médica por medio del Mercado de Seguros Médicos incluyendo a Covered California y Healthcare.gov. Usted también está EXENTO del requerimiento de pagar una pena de impuestos por no tener seguro médico, aun cuando tenga un número de seguro social. Solicite esta exención cuando presente su declaración de impuestos federales. Necesita llenar el formulario 1040 (no el formulario 1040-EZ) y el formulario Llene el código de exención C para "ciudadanos que viven en el extranjero" en la Columna C de la Parte III. La Columna B de la Parte III pide un número de seguro social. Tal como lo indican las instrucciones, las personas que tengan un ITIN deben poner su ITIN en esa columna. Las personas que no tienen un ITIN ni un Rincón de los Jóvenes hispanos/latinos Por Veronica Rodriguez Para las jóvenes que cumplen quince años y para sus padres, las fechas de los Retiros Diocesanos para la preparación de Quinceañeras (de 9:00a.m. 1:00p.m.) son: Sábado, 11 de Abril en St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo; Sábado, 6 de Junio en Immaculate Conception Parish, Hartford; Sábado, 25 de Julio en St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Bronson; y Sábado, 12 de Septiembre en St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo. Recuerden que primero deben de hablar con su párroco (por lo menos 6 meses antes de la fecha que desean celebrar la quinceañera). Para más información sobre cualquiera de estos eventos, puede llamar al ROPA Se necesita ropa para hombres, mujeres y niños. La ropa debe ser adecuada para el tiempo de calor. Para los adultos, ropa adecuada para el trabajo en el campo. Tipo de ropa que se necesita es: pantalones/jeans pantalones cortos camisas de algodón de mangas largas o cortas botas de trabajo o zapatos de tenis Ropa para niño/as y bebés ropa para jugar) COMIDA manteca harina cereal arroz frijoles (pintos) jamón en lata (SPAM) azúcar aceite harina de maíz salsa de tomate maní (peanut butter) ARTICULOS DE COCINA vasos vasijas cacerolas grandes OTROS ARTÍCULOS papel higiénico detergente cepillo de dientes pasta de dientes champú jabón para baño pañales (variedad de tamaños)wipes sabanas cobijas almohadas toallas porta bebés asientos de seguridad para los niños pequeños sillas para sentar a los niños cuando se les da de comer. Por Verónica Rodríguez Los niños aprenden a fiarse del amor de sus padres. Por eso, es importante que los padres cultiven prácticas comunes de fe en la familia, que acompañen el crecimiento en la fe de los hijos. (Papa Francisco, Encíclica Lumen Fidei). Actividad para hacer en familia este mes de Abril: Después de estar tanto tiempo encerrados debido al invierno tan largo, aprovechemos estos días ricos de primavera para salir afuera con nuestros hijos y mostrarles la maravilla de la vida. Tomemos este tiempo para hablarles a nuestros hijos sobre la resurrección de Jesús. Salgamos afuera para ver cómo todo, de nuevo toma vida. Otra idea puede ser aprovechar la costumbre popular sobre los conejos y huevos de Pascua que disfrutan mucho los niños. Parte de la integración intercultural es comprender y buscar en la historia el significado de las costumbres nuevas como son los tan populares huevos y conejos de pascua. La historia nos cuenta que los alemanes en Pennsylvania fueron quienes introdujeron esta costumbre a Estados Unidos. Además, el intercambio de huevos de chocolate se viene practicando desde hace más de ocho siglos en Polonia, Alemania, Eslovaquia, Italia, Argentina, Brasil, y ciertas zonas de México. Muchas familias en sus casas comienzan a decorar con los niños los tradicionales huevos cocidos para prepararse para el gran día de Pascua. Esconder los huevos pintados para que los niños los encuentren es una tradición de hace siglos. Desde la edad media, en Europa se mantiene la costumbre de decorar los huevos para la pascua. Manera popular de decir especialmente a los niños: Hay vida, Cristo ha resucitado! Disfruten y estén alegres! Llegó la primavera! Sobre todo para los niños es símbolo de alegría y señal de que la primavera ha llegado. número de seguro social deben dejar esa columna vacía. Si ya presento su declaración de impuestos y pago esta multa, puede modificar su declaración de impuestos para pedir esta exención y pedir un reembolso. Tomado de National Inmigration Law Center: Lo que debería saber acerca de la demanda sobre la Acción Ejecutiva de Inmigración. El 17 de febrero el juez de la corte federal del distrito de Tejas declaro que la demanda puesta por 26 estados sigue y ha emitido una orden judicial para retrasar el proceso de solicitud y protección de deportaciones para millones de inmigrantes que el Presidente Obama anuncio el pasado noviembre. Usted debe saber que: El DACA actual anunciado en el permanece sin cambios. La decisión no es permanente. Hay que esperar la decisión del Tribunal Superior. Por esta razón los programas nuevos se pueden retrasar. La decisión del juez solo atrasará las nuevas acciones ejecutivas que fueron anunciadas en noviembre del Continúe su preparación para los programas nuevos. Organice sus documentos para estar listo para cuando los programas procedan. Conferencia Litúrgica del Suroeste Del 25 al 27 de Junio del 2015 en la Diócesis de las Cruces Nuevo México, habrá una Conferencia de Músicos Pastorales Hispanos. El tema de la conferencia es Cantando Juntos Como Iglesia. El propósito de la conferencia es para proporcionar oportunidades profesionales y pastorales a los ministros de música que sirven a las comunidades de habla hispana o bilingües. Para más información visite la página de Internet o mande un mensaje electrónico a
11 APRIL 2015 Waiting in Joyful Hope The Good News 11 Stewardship Conference Nearly 200 participants joined the 2015 Diocese of Grand Rapids Stewardship Conference. Bishop David J. Walkowiak and Bishop Paul J. Bradley, (below, left) along with ten breakout session presenters and a luncheon speaker, shared, through the lens of Christian stewardship, their God-given gifts with those who gathered on March 21. In honor of Bishop Bradley s 10th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop students at St. Augustine Cathedral School wrote essays on the topic of their favorite scripture passage. Three students, Madison, Lauren and Addison, met with Bishop Bradley last month to read their work. Each received a Bible blessed by the bishop. Shown above, front row, are: Madison Burch, 7th grade; Lauren Grace Dunning, 3rd grade; and Addison Burleigh, 2nd grade. Back row, from left: Msgr. Thomas Martin, rector, St. Augustine Cathedral; Dr. Andra Zommers, principal, St. Augustine Cathedral School; and Bishop Paul J. Bradley. Palm Sunday heralds in Holy Week The Palm Sunday procession, and the blessing of palms,seems to have originated in the Frankish Kingdom. The earliest mention of these ceremonies is found in the Sacramentary of the Abbey of Bobbio in northern Italy (beginning of the eighth century). The rite was soon accepted in Rome and incorporated into the liturgy. The prayers used today are of Roman origin. The various names for the Sunday before Easter come from the plants used--palms (Palm Sunday) or branches in general (Branch Sunday; Domingo de Ramos; Dimanche des Rameaux). In most countries of Europe real palms are unobtainable, so in their place people use many other plants: olive branches (in Italy), box, yew, spruce, willows, and pussy willows. In fact, some plants have come to be called palms because of this usage, as the yew in Ireland, the willow in England (palm-willow) and in Germany (Palmkatzchen). From the use of willow branches Palm Sunday was called Willow Sunday in parts of England and Poland, and in Lithuania Verbu Sekmadienis (Willowtwig Sunday). The Greek Church uses the names Sunday of the Palm-carryingand Hosanna Sunday. Source: Catholicculture.org Overnight retreat for adults with cognitive/developmental disabilities The Secretariat for Parish Life and Lay Leadership is hosting a weekend of faith, fun and fellowship on April 18th and 19th at Camp Friedenswald Lakeview Lodge in Cassopolis. Cost is $35 and scholarships are available; preferred registration deadline is April 6th. This year s theme is In the Footsteps of St. Joan of Arc: Donning the Armor of God. The weekend begins at 9:30 a.m. on April 18th and concludes at 1 p.m. on April 19th. Retreat activities include prayer, fellowship, Mass, activities and crafts. For more information, contact Lisa Irwin at (269) ; There will be an informal gathering for persons with disabilities, their caregivers and families on Saturday, May 16th from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Center at St. John-St. Bernard Parish in Benton Harbor. The gathering will be a time to share experiences, challenges and joys of your faith life with members of the Diocesan Commission on Ministry to Persons with Disabilites. For more information, contact Lisa Irwin at (269) ; April 19: Annual Diocesan Scouting Mass Sunday, April 19th, Girl and Boy Scouts from across the diocese are invited to attend the Annual Diocesan Scouting Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral, 3 p.m. Scouts and their leaders will receive the diocesan Scout Mass patch, featuring a scouting family, in celebration of the Church s focus on marriage and family this year. Those scouts who have successfully completed Catholic scout religious programs will be recognized during Mass, with celebrant and homilist, Rev. Richard Altine, Scout Chaplain. All scouts in attendance will receive a participation patch. Scouts planning on attending should bring their troop/pack flags and a stand to participate in the procession. A reception in the Crowley Center will be held following Mass. For more information, contact Tim McNamara at (269) Bishop s Annual Appeal Parish Target Goals Continued from page 2 Blessed Sacrament, Allegan $51,295 Holy Angels, Sturgis $52,433 Holy Family, Decatur $17,294 Holy Maternity, Dowagiac $26,421 Immaculate Conception, Hartford $23,032 Immaculate Conception, Three Rivers $46,068 Our Lady of Fatima, Union City $11,676 Our Lady of Great Oak, Lacey $5,712 Our Lady of the Lake, Edwardsburg $70,210 Our Lady Queen of Peace, Bridgman $30,925 Sacred Heart, Bangor $18,707 Sacred Heart, Dowagiac $30,638 Sacred Heart, Allegan $8,307 San Felipe de Jesus, Fennville $6,781 SS Cyril & Methodius, Wayland $37,828 SS John & Bernard, Benton Harbor $149,836 St. Agnes, Sawyer $24,885 St. Ambrose, Delton $14,769 St. Ambrose, Parchment $60,154 St. Ann, Cassopolis $16,624 St. Ann, Augusta $87,768 St. Anthony, Buchanan $23,628 St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo $129,123 St. Barbara, Colon $8,560 St. Basil, South Haven $89,438 St. Catherine of Siena, Portage $278,869 St. Charles of Borromeo, Coldwater $52,325 St. Clare, Centreville $8,171 St. Cyril, Nashville $8,415 St. Edward, Mendon $19,841 St. Gabriel, Berrien Springs $8,661 St. Jerome, Battle Creek $26,456 St. John Bosco, Mattawan $59,597 St. John, Albion $50,480 St. Joseph, Battle Creek $144,063 St. Joseph, Kalamazoo $121,346 St. Joseph, St. Joseph $195,545 St. Joseph, Watervliet $58,506 St. Joseph, White Pigeon $20,840 St. Jude, Gobles $18,461 St. Margaret, Otsego $65,988 St. Margaret/Mary, Marcellus $12,156 St. Mark, Niles $33,433 St. Martin of Tours, Vicksburg $64,742 St. Mary of the Lake, New Buffalo $51,166 St. Mary, Bronson $67,902 St. Mary, Kalamazoo $43,694 St. Mary, Marshall $78,190 St. Mary Visitation, New Salem $47,520 St. Mary, Niles $67,550 St. Mary, Paw Paw $59,108 St. Mary, Three Oaks $24,314 St. Monica, Kalamazoo $156,775 St. Peter, Douglas $57,959 St. Philip, Battle Creek $145,143 St. Rose of Lima, Hastings $57,990 St. Stanislaus, Dorr $29,246 St. Therese, Wayland $65,129 St. Thomas More, Kalamazoo $128,668 Total 2015 Bishop s Annual Appeal Targets $3,370,361 Making a Report of Sexual Misconduct A report of sexual misconduct may be initiated at the Diocese of Kalamazoo s Sexual Misconduct Question and Reporting Line: A caller will be requested to provide his or her name and telephone number. All calls regarding sexual misconduct will be returned, usually within one hour. This toll-free telephone number has been established as a part of the diocese's effort to protect children, young people and other vulnerable people in our schools, parishes and ministries. This line is for reporting suspected sexual misconduct or child abuse within diocesan institutions and ministries only. If you have some other concern about diocesan schools, parishes or ministries, please contact the appropriate diocesan school, parish or office directly. In all cases of sexual abuse you are encouraged to report all cases to the local police or protective services.
12 12 The Good News Waiting in Joyful Hope Lenten Day of Spiritual Renewal features talks on health care and domestic church The Kalamazoo Diocese Council of Catholic Women (KDCCW) hosted their annual Lenten Day of Spiritual Renewal on March 11th. Dr. Don Bouchard, from Holy Family Healthcare and Socorro Truchan, Associate Director for Parish Life and Lay Leadership-Domestic Church with the Diocese of Kalamazoo spoke on this year s theme, Living Images of God. Dr. Bouchard gave an update on the services Holy Family Healthcare is providing throughout the diocese, as well as some insight into where they want to grow. Truchan discussed how to see Jesus and his love for us all around us and how to incorporate that love into our daily lives, especially in the domestic church, our homes and families. Members are shown below with the 40th anniversary cake. Your Health Today Don t Let Your Diabetes Manage You If you ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you re far from alone. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 29.1 (or 9.3 percent of the population) million Americans had diabetes in APRIL 2015 While this statistic may seem overwhelming, there s plenty diabetics can do to manage their condition and live a longer, healthier life. Thank you for helping celebrate CRS Rice Bowl s 40th Anniversary Pictured Right: Lynn Hall McLeod s winning photo of her son, Ian, serving the Church during Lent. Pictured Left: Amy Thompson Swager, left, with Lisa Irwin, Associate Director, Sanctity of the Human Person, with her How do you Rice Bowl prize. The Power of Knowledge A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes means your pancreas is no Tom Saad, MD longer capable of producing insulin. Therefore, it will be your responsibility to monitor your blood glucose (sugar) levels and administer the insulin your body needs. Most people with diabetes have type 2, which is associated with older age, obesity, family history of the disease, previous history of gestational diabetes, physical inactivity and ethnicity. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas usually makes enough insulin, but for unknown reasons, the body does not use it correctly. Those with diabetes often do not have symptoms or there is a gradual development of symptoms. However, if undetected, type 2 diabetes can cause serious health complications which is why it s very important to know how to spot the signs. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes may include: Pictured above: Amy Thompson Swager s winning photo of her family s prayer request jar, which they read at dinner. Twenty-five percent of the local Rice Bowl collection is kept locally to fund grants for programs that provide food assistance and/or respond to the root causes of hunger across the nine counties of our diocese. Keep your eyes out for instructions on how your parish will be collecting your Rice Bowl funds. Thank you to all those who participated in the Diocesan How Do You Rice Bowl Pictured above are contest winners. Pictured above: This photo of Robin Heffron Brendlinger s daughters eating their simple Friday dinner with their Rice Bowl as centerpiece won her a beautiful, fair trade basket. Life Through Prevention You can do a lot to reduce your chances of getting type 2 diabetes by diet can prevent diabetes in people with impaired glucose tolerance. The medications metformin and Precose have also shown to prevent the onset limit the negative effects of the condition. Eating healthier means: devastating complications of diabetes, including heart disease. Most importantly, visit your doctor regularly to monitor your condition for lifelong health. For more on managing your diabetes, contact Dr. Tom Saad, boardcertified family medicine physician with Borgess Family Medicine, at (269) A member of Ascension Health